After earth's Exile, I hope to go and enjoy You in the Fatherland, but I do not want to lay up merits for heaven. Day 13 Prophet of Mercy 60. "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. “The essence of the Offering to Merciful Love is to console the Heart of Jesus by accepting all the Merciful Love that other souls don’t want” (Gaitley, 120). Gaitley explains this heresy as promoting “a joyless moral rigorism, emphasizing fear and justice, punishment and severity, judgment and condemnation.” Thérèse was herself affected in her younger years, and it seemed even to have poisoned her early religious life as well. God longs to fashion us into his likeness that we might model the love we’ve been shown to a world with no concept of mercy. I feel in my heart immense desires and it is with confidence I ask You to come and take possession of my soul. In other words, they ask Jesus to pour out on them the rejected mercy other families refuse, and for their part, they strive to accept this rejected mercy and share it with others. Fr. Specifically, she recognized that Jesus' Heart is full of mercy and that he longs to pour out his Merciful Love, especially on sinners. 13. St. Therese's Offering to Merciful Love (short version) O my God! Day 17 What's the Catch? Local, national & international meetings. Michael Gaitley poses in his newest book, 33 Days to Merciful Love. 18. Christian members please remember to read the Statement of Purpose threads for each forum within Christian Congregations before posting in the forum. This personal retreat covers many topics including the life of St. Therese, her “little way”, the offering of merciful love, and darkness as a bittersweet mystery. Fr. In forgiving we find healing for our own hearts. I desire to accomplish Your will perfectly and to reach the degree of glory You have prepared for me in Your … I want, O my Beloved, with each beat of my heart to renew this offering to you an infinite number of times, until the shadows are no more, and I am able tell you of my Love in an Eternal Face to Face! On the last day, you will make the offering to Merciful love as a Divine Mercy Consecration. Her Little Way did not seem so little to me. What is the Offering to Merciful Love? Also, the subjective experience of receiving merciful love from caregivers by people in extreme states is explored. To be an oblation to the Merciful Love of God means to offer one’s own life to God so that through it His Mercy might be revealed. Offering of Myself to Merciful Love, June 9, 1895 On Trinity Sunday, June 9, 1895, while in choir, St. Therese was suddenly inspired to offer herself to the Merciful Love of God. your mercy, I OFFER MYSELF, THROUGH THE HANDS OF MARY IMMACULATE, AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO YOUR MERCIFUL LOVE, asking you to consume me incessantly, allowing the waves of infinite tenderness shut up within you to overflow into my soul, and that I may thus become a martyr of your love, O my God, and a gift of mercy to so many others. I offer You, too, all the merits of the saints (in heaven and on earth), their acts of Love, and those of the holy angels. Will your Justice alone find souls willing to immolate themselves as victims? Sadly, the Offering to Merciful Love is one of the best-kept secrets in the Catholic Church. I offer them to You with gladness, begging You to look upon me only in the Face of Jesus and in His heart burning with Love. 17. Suggested PrayersConsoler Cheat SheetHTMLPDFDivine Mercy Prayers (from the Retreat)Chaplet of Divine MercyNovena to Divine MercyThree O’clock Hour PrayerDivine Mercy Prayers (Related to the Retreat)Offering to Merciful Love (Short Version)Offering to Merciful Love (Long Version)Family Offering to Merciful Love and Divine Mercy Enthronement (with explanations)Marian Prayers But instead of becoming discouraged, she accepted and embraced these weaknesses as her “littleness”. Fr. PRAYER OF OFFERING TO MERCIFUL LOVE. Posted in Saints & Blessed, Do the saints seem like eagles soaring on the heights while you’re just a little bird that can’t fly? I desire to accomplish your will perfectly and to […] "On 9 June of the same year 1895, the feast of the Blessed Trinity, she received a very special grace during Mass, and felt within herself an urge to offer herself as a holocaust victim to Merciful Love. Do they seem like towering mountains while you’re a small grain of sand? Therese made a consecration to Divine Mercy which she calls her Offering to Merciful Love, which is really the culmination of her whole spiritual teaching on her Little Way. Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to Love You and make you Loved, to work for the glory of Holy Church by saving souls on earth and liberating those suffering in purgatory. Gaitley thinks this is the most powerful form of consecration to Divine Mercy, and understandably so, since it made her such a great saint in such a short time (24 yrs. In this 7-day plan, you’ll embark on the journey to healing and restoration as you receive and give forgiveness in the power and presence of Jesus. These are the questions Fr. Saints are people who have done extraordinary things. (5) I thank You, O my God! It is her Little Way, her Offering to Merciful Love. The retreat led us through the theology of Thérèse’s Offering to Merciful Love (something I never knew existed prior to reading Gaitley’s book!). Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to Love You and make You Loved, to work for the glory of Holy Church by saving souls on earth and liberating those suffering in purgatory. In order that my life may be one act of perfect love, I offer myself as a holocaust to Thy merciful love, imploring Thee to consume me unceasingly, and to allow the floods of infinite tenderness gathered up in Thee to overflow into my soul, so that I may become a martyr of Thy love. It is the sense of the Offering to Merciful Love (9 June 1895), in the account of the final pages of Manuscript A (Ms A, 83v-84v), and in the Act of the Offering itself ().. I made Fr. 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy, by Fr. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Offering of myself as a Victim of Holocaust to God's Merciful Love. It’s recognizing, without giving up, that some struggles are chronic. The Apostolate of the Divine Heart announces the publication of its latest book titled The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives. In comparing myself to her I could only see how much I fear suffering, how I constantly try to avoid any “crosses,” and how grateful I am when trials that I have to endure are finally over! I am certain, then, that You will grant my desires; I know, O my God! I mean, with the Offering, you have the culmination of the central teaching of the greatest and most popular saint of modern times — a Doctor of the Church, no less. Sunday, December 13, 2015 Pastor Joe Wittwer. 78. Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to Love You and make you Loved, to work for the glory of Holy Church by saving souls on earth and liberating those suffering in purgatory. The convent of Lisieux certainly felt its effects. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is with joy I shall contemplate You on the Last Day carrying the scepter of Your Cross. Gaitley thinks this is the most powerful form of consecration to Divine Mercy, and understandably so, since it made her such a great saint in such a short time (24 yrs. Offering of myself as a Victim to God’s merciful love . Gaitley explains this as a sort of “deal” with the Lord, “Lord, please give me all the punishment that’s due to sinners, and then give to sinners the blessings I would normally receive as a faithful religious.” This form of “offering” was encouraged in their rule. Day 19 Three Objections 81. You can, then, in one instant prepare me to appear before You. But I want to seek out a means of going to heaven by a little way, a way that is very straight, very short, and totally new.”, In Thérèse’s day, France was deeply affected by the Jansenist heresy which had spread its influence on Catholic spirituality. Since You deigned to give me a share in this very precious Cross, I hope in heaven to resemble You and to see shining in my glorified body the sacred stigmata of Your Passion. Day 15 What It's Not 69. As a wife and mother I have, over the years, looked for examples of saints whom I could imitate. This offering was a unique grace for Therese, and she unhesitatingly invited her sisters and other Carmelites to join her in offering themselves. It is to her I abandon my offering, begging her to present it to You. “Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me.” (Proverbs 9:4) St. Thérèse’s Little Way does not culminate in an offering of Divine Justice, but rather, in an offering to Divine Mercy. THINKINGFAITH. THERESE OF LISIEUX PRAYER OF OFFERING TO MERCIFUL LOVE) #33DaystoMercifulLove “The Church must undergo a passion in unity with Jesus, each member of His Body, the Church, must in their own sense undergo a passion in order to merit eternal salvation. She herself explains, “I have always wanted to be a saint. Chapel of Merciful Love. Remain in me as in a tabernacle and never separate Yourself from Your little victim. I made Fr. 75. that the more You want to give, the more You make us desire. The Israelites offered meal (cereals) or vegetables in addition to the animals. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. ACT OF OBLATION TO MERCIFUL LOVE. Saints who have lived ordinary lives. Ah! Michael Gaitley, MIC. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. But Fr. to be Yourself my Sanctity! Day 20 The Offering (Part One) 84. Our Christian mercy springs from love and is a concrete expression of love. And now, to confirm my resolve and to console you for so much rejection of your mercy, I OFFER MYSELF, THROUGH THE HANDS OF MARY IMMACULATE, AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO YOUR MERCIFUL LOVE, asking you to consume me incessantly, allowing the waves of infinite tendernessshut up within you to overflow into my soul, and that I may thus become a martyrof your love, O my God, and a gift of … THERESE OF LISIEUX PRAYER OF OFFERING TO MERCIFUL LOVE) #33DaystoMercifulLove “The Church must undergo a passion in unity with Jesus, each member of His Body, the Church, must in their own sense undergo a passion in order to merit eternal salvation. St. Thérèse's "Act of Oblation to Merciful Love" ACT OF OBLATION TO MERCIFUL LOVE J.M.J.T. What does he mean by that? The Bible clearly commands us to forgive others. (5) I thank You, O my God! Gaitley’s 33 day, do-it-yourself retreat, had opened my eyes. Many Carmelite nuns offered themselves as victim souls of God’s justice. Week 4 Into the Darkness. 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